Academic Courses

Committee on Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

The Committee on Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is an independent academic unit based in the University's Biological Sciences Division (BSD). With support from CHeSS and the Institute for Translational Medicine, we advance multidisciplinary training in clinical and translational science at the University of Chicago and develop high-quality coursework for researchers and students committed to significantly impacting medical science and practice.

The CCTS supports the development of curriculum in clinical and translational science at the University. Courses are designed to provide undergraduates, graduate-level trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty with state-of-the-art skills in the field. For more information, please contact Kelsey Bogue, CHeSS Associate Director of Training Programs & Communications, at

Current Areas of Concentration include:

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Translational Informatics
  • Health Services Research
  • Quality and Safety
  • Clinical Research
  • Community-Based Research
  • Global Health
  • Pharmacogenomics

View Past CCTS courses here.

Fall 2017 Courses

CCTS 40004
Advanced Clinical Pharmacology I: Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Development

Instructor:  Manish Sharma, Mark Applebaum
Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:20 PM
Location: BH-M214
This course provides an interactive introduction to fundamental principles of the practice of clinical pharmacology relevant to drug development and personalized therapeutics. Topics include: pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, protein binding, absorption and renal and hepatic elimination, pharmacodynamics, introduction to modeling methods, evaluation of adverse events, and pre-clinical and clinical elements of drug development.

PQ: MEDC 30777, equiv Intro to Pharm., approval.

CCTS 45400
Advanced PCOR Methods: Cost Effectiveness and Modeling

Instructors: David Meltzer, Mai Pho, Reza Skandari, and Tom Best
Time: Tuesdays, 2:00-5:00 PM
Location: BH-M214
This course is the first module of a two module sequence in Advanced Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).  This module includes an overview of cost effectiveness analysis, modeling (both markov and probabilistic sensitivity analysis), and discrete events and agent based simulation. Students will gain hands on experience with software such as Treeage, Simio, and Net logo.  The second course will be taught in Winter Quarter and will cover topics in evidence generation and synthesis. Students and postdocs must contact Kelsey Bogue at with a CV and unofficial transcript (if current UChicago student) for approval to attend the course. Class begins October 10 with an orientation from 12:00-1:00 PM and class from 3:00-5:00 PM. Class runs October 17 through November 17 from 2:00-5:00 PM with no class on October 31.

PQ: SSAD 45600 and PPHA 38300, or other introductory courses in cost effectiveness analysis or statistical modeling.

CCTS 46001
Fundamentals of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Instructor: Andrew Davis, Laura Botwinick
Time: Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: BH-H300
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety The course was designed for medical faculty, fellows, nursing and pharmacy professionals, clinical administrators, and staff at University of Chicago Medicine with the support of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the Center for Quality. The course provides an overview of concepts and methodologies for improving the quality and safety of care.  Participants will design quality improvement projects using skills learned in class.  In addition, UCMC leaders and experts from the Center for Quality and Operational Excellence will speak on key topics throughout the course. 

Key objectives for the course include:

  • To become familiar with tools of improving quality of care and service delivery
  • To design an actual quality improvement project using skills learned in the class
  • To understand the factors impacting the delivery of safe and high quality care in health care organizations, such as teamwork, good communication, and organization culture
  • To  understand “Systems Thinking” and other key concepts like Human Factors and Reliability
  • To understand the key role of QI in today’s health care environment as a mechanism for improving organizational effectiveness and the patient experience

This course will run from 10/03/2017-11/21/2017 with no class on 10/31/17 and is comprised of seven classes total. Faculty, staff, and students/trainees at the University of Chicago Medical Center are welcome to audit the course at no charge and should contact Kelsey Bogue at to register. To earn 025 credits, please enroll in the course at

CCTS 47001
Advanced Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Training Program 1
Instructor: Deborah Burnet, Doriane Miller

Time: Fridays, 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: BH-H300
The goal of health-related research is to improve the lives of people in the community studied. In traditional research, the community is not actively involved in designing the projects. Community-based participatory research is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and academic researchers in all aspects of the research process. The Advanced CBPR Training Program is designed to help meet the growing need and demand for educational resources that help build the knowledge and skills needed to develop and sustain effective CBPR partnerships. The Program consists of six sessions that are offered on November 10, December 8, January 12, Feburary 23, March 9, and April 13.


Registrants who wish to receive 025 units of course credit must enroll through the University Registrar's office for CCTS 47001 in the fall and CCTS 47002 in the winter. Participants must also register online here whether or not they choose to take the course for credit. 

CCTS 47005
Methods in Health and Biomedical Informatics I

Instructors: Samuel Volchenboum, David McClintock, and other Northwestern/UIC faculty
Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 PM, From September 21 until November 30
Location: Rotates between Northwestern's downtown campus, UIC, and UC.
Most Health and Biomedical Informatics (HBMI) Graduate Programs around the country have independently come to the conclusion that the computational methods that informatics graduate students need to be familiar with is too broad and numerous to be addressed by a series of independent courses. Therefore, most programs have created a set of integrated courses that expose the students to a wide variety of informatics methods in short modules. Typically, these required methods series are organized as a series of required courses taken during the first year of graduate study. This course is the result of discussions by Health and Biomedical Informatics researchers and educators from the Chicago Biomedical Informatics Training (CBIT) initiative. This course is designed as a first course of a year-long sequence and is worth 100 units. Methods in Health and Biomedical Informatics II (CCTS 47006) and III (CCTS 47007) will be offered in winter and spring quarters, respectively. Registration for the full year is expected.

PQ: Basic understanding of Python programming language; prior or simultaneous enrollment in Health & Biomedical Informatics (HBMI) intro course. Course begins 9/21/2017 and runs until 11/30/2017. An orientation session will also take place on September 5, from 1:30-5:30 PM at Northwestern's downtown campus. More information about the course schedule will be announced at a later date. Send questionsa bout enrollment to


The CCTS provides quality clinical and translational science training to postdoctoral BSD fellows; advanced graduate students in the biological and social sciences; and junior faculty. However, many courses may be relevant to undergraduates, medical students, and/or more advanced faculty. We encourage interested students, fellows, or faculty members to consider our offerings. Please contact Kelsey  Bogue, CCTS administrator, at with any questions. 

How to Enroll

Interested trainees may take advantage of CCTS offerings in any of the following ways:

  • Enroll in the individual course(s) most relevant to their planned research or field of study;
  • Complete an Area of Concentration curriculum in conjunction with a master’s degree through the Department of Public Health Sciences;
  • Attend any of our ongoing lectures or seminar series.

There is no formal application process for participation in most CCTS courses, but we encourage trainees to reach out to faculty instructors prior to enrolling in a course. Students who wish to take courses for academic credit must enroll through the University Registrar. Some courses will also have a separate registration form that you can find on this webpage or in the CHeSS newsletter. For more information on how to enroll, please contact CCTS administrator Kelsey Bogue at


The CCTS is supported by the Institute for Translational Medicine, which is funded by an NIH-sponsored Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA). Additional support is provided by CHeSS.